March 23rd, 2002

A Pocket Full of Murder

Birthday Beauties

Wow, I've been totally spoiled by my friends and family today. Which is a good thing, because I'm feeling really awful with this cold and now it's turning into a nasty sore throat, and if it weren't for all the cheering-up I'd probably be curled up somewhere whining.

First thing in the morning, I got a lovely poem in my mailbox from my dear friend and faithful beta-reader Teri Krenek: "An Ode to Rebecca, On Her Birthday". Later on, her habitual co-author (and yet another of my collect-a-betas) Alec Dossetor helped her revise it, but I like the original version just as much as the revision, personally. Anyway, they were both very sweet and very flattering. Thanks, guys.

Then, later in the day, I came home from visiting my parents to find another literary surprise: Erica Smith, another wonderful beta and friend, had written yet another of her Snape-POV "outtakes" to my story If We Survive. In this case, it's a look into Snape's thoughts and feelings in the final chapter -- yes, that final chapter. But like everything Erica writes, it's witty and literate and very tastefully done.

Anyway, here it is: An Expansion: So Let Us Melt. And if you like it, please do tell Erica so -- she's scandalously under-reviewed, if you ask me.